During the first week of the fall term, UM-Dearborn welcomes higher numbers of new students to campus.

September 10, 2010

DEARBORN / Sept. 10, 2010---During the first week of the fall term, the University of Michigan-Dearborn welcomed higher numbers of new students to campus. 

New transfer student enrollment is more than 800 students, the highest number of transfer students in 26 years, marking the fifth consecutive year of over 700 newly enrolled transfer students.  New freshmen enrollment is more than 900 students, marking the fourth consecutive year of at least 900 freshmen.  While final enrollment numbers are expected on Sept. 22, combined transfer and freshmen enrollment is expected to be the highest in university history.  

This year’s incoming freshman class has an average high school grade point average of 3.54 and an average ACT score of 24.14.  These are the highest academic scores in 10 years. 

"We’re pleased that despite the difficult economic environment we’re able to increase enrollment at UM-Dearborn,” said Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life at UM-Dearborn. “We’re seeing sustainable growth that demonstrates that higher education is being valued as a way to create better futures for people in our community.”  

UM-Dearborn enrollment figures are attributed to the increased number of community college graduates, the university’s recruitment initiatives, the university’s reputation and tradition of academic excellence and an increase in financial aid available to students.

U.S. News & Word Report recently ranked UM-Dearborn sixth among master’s-level public universities in the Midwest.  UM-Dearborn was the highest-rated regional public university in Michigan in the publication’s annual guide to American colleges.  UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Business also ranked high in the annual guide.



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Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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